Texas Juniors! Applications for NASA’s High School Aerospace Scholars (HAS) Close on Oct. 23rd!

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High School Aerospace Scholars (HAS) is a unique NASA experience that begins with a 16-week online interactive course on NASA activities related to space exploration, Earth science, technology, mathematics and aeronautics. Students complete design challenges including 3D drawings, science quizzes, discussion posts, technology writings and monthly webinars with NASA scientists and engineers. The highest achieving students are invited to NASA for a …


Thursday — October 17, 2019 STEMdaily

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In today’s STEMdaily, USA Today profiles Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, NASA’s 1st woman Launch Director who will lead the Artemis mission to the moon; the Virgin Hyperloop One test pod stops by Capitol Hill, a Minnesota high school hops to send a washer machine to ISS, an Ohio State professor asks if computer science counting towards math credits is a good thing on …


Wednesday — October 16, 2019 STEMdaily

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In today’s STEMdaily, Microsoft and Dell announce partnership on Girls Who Game afterschool pilot program, applications for Texas Juniors close soon for the NASA High School Aerospace Scholars (HAS) program, the theme for Hour of Code this year is #CSforGood, a Promethean report finds more teacher training needed for EdTech tools, UCLA asks why so few STEM students study abroad, and …


States compete to build first successful hyperloop route (Axios)

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The Virgin Hyperloop One XP-1 test pod made a stop outside the U.S. Capitol this morning as part of its national roadshow introducing people to the technology. Why it matters: 10 states are competing to become the first with a hyperloop route: Missouri, Texas, Colorado, Ohio, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Washington, Illinois, Oregon and Nevada (where the test track is located). Department …


This Hour of Code is about #CSforGood. Learn CS, change the world. (Code.org)

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The Hour of Code theme of creativity in 2018 inspired students globally to create technology using computer science. On Code.org alone, students created more than 50 million projects! As we look ahead to CS Education Week from December 9–15, we hope you’ll join us and more than 12,000 teachers who have already signed-up as we strive to reach 1 billion served! See our easy how-to guide if …


Girls Who Game Program Provides Access to STEM Opportunities (T.H.E. Journal)

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Microsoft and Dell Technologies are working together to encourage girls to become interested in STEM through an after-school pilot program. Girls Who Game teaches female students about coding and computational thinking using Minecraft: Education Edition. The pilot program is aiming to engage students in grades four to eight through learner-driven experiences and mentorship opportunities. By building a community of learners, Girls Who Game wants …


Schools Competed In The Soap Box Derby’s Gravity Racing Challenge Stem Team High School Competition Presented By The University Of Akron College Of Engineering (Soap Box Derby)

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More than 200 students from 17 teams competed in the Soap Box Derby’s Gravity Racing Challenge (GRC) STEM Team High School Competition presented by The University of Akron College of Engineering. On October 10, teams competed in the Super Stock and the High School Engineering Design Challenge divisions. The race is presented by The University of Akron College of Engineering. …


Beyond Organic Flower Bouquets Grown and Designed By Local Chicago Youth Hits Kickstarter as Southside Blooms

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Chicago Eco House’s flower farm social enterprise converts vacant lots into off grid flower farms that creates jobs for at risk youth of Chicago. Chicago Eco House hopes to raise $30,000 to transform the inner-city economy by launching Southside Blooms. Southside Blooms is a farm-to-table florist, providing unique and fashion forward arrangements for events, weddings, online orders, and pop up …


NASA’s first female launch director to lead countdowns during Artemis missions to the moon (USA Today)

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More than 30 years ago as a wide-eyed Clemson University senior, Charlie Blackwell-Thompson walked into Firing Room 1 at Kennedy Space Center – a historically male-dominated setting – hoping to land a job testing software for space shuttle payloads. Today, Blackwell-Thompson commands that firing room. As NASA’s first female launch director, she’ll lead the countdown when the ambitious Artemis missions propel the next American astronauts to the moon – including the first …


Monday — October 7, 2019 STEMdaily

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In today’s STEMdaily, the New York Times profiles Dr. Janet Kavandi and how she’s paved the way for other women astronauts, SkyOp inks deal to brings its drone STEM curriculum to New York public schools, Indiana schools launch esports network, Google expands its IT certificates to 100 community colleges, and a McGraw Hill white paper highlights the potential of adaptive …


Friday — October 4, 2019 STEMdaily

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In today’s #MFGDay19 Edition of STEMdaily, Discovery Education takes students on a virtual field trip of Arconic’s Advanced Manufacturing Hub in Tennessee, BHEF receives an NSF grants to create re-skilling & up-skilling partnerships, a study finds mentoring new teachers can save school districts up to $1M over 5 years, and WIRED asks why so little progress has been made since …


This year’s SN 10 enjoy the journey, not just the discovery (Science News)

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After nearly four years of painstaking work, in 1902 Marie Curie produced one-tenth of a gram of radium chloride from several tons of uranium ore. It took her another eight years to isolate pure radium. The effort won her a second Nobel Prize and cemented her legacy as one of science’s most tenacious minds. “One never notices what has been …


Thursday — October 3, 2019

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In today’s STEMdaily, Science News releases its annual SN10 list spotlighting early and mid-career scientists already making a big difference, a study by career site Handshake finds more women – and some without STEM degrees – are applying to tech jobs each year, the Northeast Florida STEM2 Hub released a documentary on Jacksonville’s Channel 4, and Sinclair Community College in …


America is Changing and So Are We: Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives by the Life Insurance Industry (IMPACT)

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America is becoming more diverse every day. The U.S. Census Bureau projects that our nation will become “majority minority” by 2045. As society and work change, life insurers are committed to empowering all Americans with the information and tools they need to succeed in their financial futures. Building a diverse and inclusive workforce that reflects the wide variety of communities we serve is critical …


SkyOp LLC Inks Deal to Bring Its Drone Training STEM Curriculum to Local School Districts (SkyOp)

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SkyOp LLC, developer of industry-leading drone training courseware, announced that it has been awarded a cooperative purchasing contract to make its customizable SkyOp Drone Training Curriculum available to local school districts through the New York Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES). Under the state-wide agreement, SkyOp will deliver its proprietary workforce-development STEM curriculum directly to local districts while the BOCES will provide support and …


An Astronaut Who Built Paths to Space for Other Women (New York Times)

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Every time an astronaut puts on an American spacesuit to conduct a spacewalk at the International Space Station, they pass through a portal installed in part by Janet Kavandi. It isn’t the only thing the former astronaut did that changed the work of her successors in space. After three missions to orbit, Dr. Kavandi moved into NASA administration, eventually overseeing …


JPMorgan Chase is giving $1M to Columbus State to bolster the region’s tech pipeline (Columbus Business First)

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JPMorgan Chase & Co. will give Columbus State Community College $1 million to boost Central Ohio’s pipeline of technology workers, the entities announced Wednesday. The money will help Columbus State invest in staffing and infrastructure to scale up several employer-driven initiatives at the institution, including expanding employer-sponsored IT certificates. It also will help Columbus State “create courses and resources to align with the …


Wednesday — October 2, 2019 STEMdaily

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In today’s STEMdaily, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) is now conducting on-site inspections for STEM OPT Employment, HBCUs and other Minority-Serving Institutions may be losing funding due to Congressional gridlock, Compton Unified is launching an e-sports tournament for high school students with the LA Chargers, and Lone Star College and UT-Austin unveil petroleum engineering partnership. …


Five Years of Tech Diversity Reports—and Little Progress (WIRED)

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It’s been five years since Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft first released diversity reports, revealing the companies’ workforces were overwhelmingly white or Asian men. Five years since Facebook first acknowledged it had “more work to do—a lot more,” and CEO Tim Cook wrote Apple employees a letter promising the company would be “as innovative in advancing diversity as we are in developing products.” Since …


American companies have a hiring problem (Quartz)

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Seemingly endemic skills gaps now touch nearly every facet of our labor market, as the specter of mass technological unemployment looms large. And yet the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development ranks the U.S. second-to-last among 29 developed nations in investing in taxpayer-funded training. The challenge is not simply a lack of funding. Nor is it an education infrastructure that …